So why write this blog? After finishing Barb’s Race, I began seriously contemplating taking on a full ironman distance triathlon. At heart I am still a trailrunner but the thought of finishing an ironman was intriguing! Could I really do it? What would I learn about myself? What would I learn about my faith? What adventures would I have? So in the fall of 2011 I decided to pull the trigger and committed to doing Vineman in July of 2012 on behalf of A21–raising awareness and funds to combat human trafficking. As part of my training I threw in another bucket list item–run (or walk or crawl) rim to rim to rim at the Grand Canyon in one day. I am not an expert in any of this. This blog is simply my way to capture the journey and tie it into spiritual life, while also providing links and resources for other cool stuff. It is also my invitation to others to join me on this adventure. You might wonder what will happen after Vineman is over. Will the blog continue? Personally I think Vineman is simply the first chapter with many more adventures to come.